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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Party for the Parks

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 11:39 AM

Landon Porter, 7, Crescent City, enjoyed the horseback rides offered by Hailey Ford, McKinleyville and the Redwood Creek Buckarettes. The group offers guided tours in Redwood National Park. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Landon Porter, 7, Crescent City, enjoyed the horseback rides offered by Hailey Ford, McKinleyville and the Redwood Creek Buckarettes. The group offers guided tours in Redwood National Park.

The former log deck of the California Redwood Company located just north of Orick, once covered with stacks of huge old-growth redwood logs, was filled on Sunday with the vehicles of visitors arriving for the 2016 National Park Service’s Centennial Celebration in the Redwoods.

Dale Webster, a Redwood National Park employee and Yurok tribal member, displayed several of his handcrafted traditional items. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Dale Webster, a Redwood National Park employee and Yurok tribal member, displayed several of his handcrafted traditional items.

Activities included horseback riding, hiking to the nearby Centennial Tree, storytelling, eating the submissions in the redwood forest cake contest, enjoying live music, participating in Junior Ranger activities and exploring a wide mix of exhibits and food vendors.

Michael Muir, Napa, the great-grandson of conservationist John Muir and one of the guest speakers, described the the National Park Service  Centennial as a "grand event." - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Michael Muir, Napa, the great-grandson of conservationist John Muir and one of the guest speakers, described the the National Park Service Centennial as a "grand event."

John Muir’s great-grandson Michael Muir, of Napa, spoke at the Centennial event along with Sam Hodder of Save the Redwoods League and Congressman Jared Huffman. The Save the Redwoods League recently announced a plan to build a new visitor center on the former site of California Redwood Company.

One of the more popular activities was cutting a round with a two-handled saw from "second-growth redwood, obviously!", according to Megan Boyle, 9, Havre, Montana. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • One of the more popular activities was cutting a round with a two-handled saw from "second-growth redwood, obviously!", according to Megan Boyle, 9, Havre, Montana.

The 100th birthday of the N.P.S. was celebrated even though Yellowstone National Park and others were created decades earlier. Stephen Prokop, superintendent of Redwood National Park, attributed the vision of national park system to Stephen Mather and the Scottish-American conservationist John Muir.

A woven basket used to catch Pacific lamprey, commonly called eels, was one of many items displayed at an exhibit of Yurok traditions. Eels enter the Klamath River to spawn and are part of the Yurok seasonal diet. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • A woven basket used to catch Pacific lamprey, commonly called eels, was one of many items displayed at an exhibit of Yurok traditions. Eels enter the Klamath River to spawn and are part of the Yurok seasonal diet.

Redwood National Park was formed in 1968 and expanded in 1978. Prokop described the cooperative management of the Redwood National and State Parks with local Native American tribes, including the Yurok, Tolowa-Dee-Ni, and Elk Valley Rancheria.

Dave Van de Mark, Trinidad, displayed maps and photographs and shared stories of the efforts made by Lucille Vinyard, himself and many others to lobby for first the creation of Redwood National Park in 1968 and then its eventual expansion in 1978. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Dave Van de Mark, Trinidad, displayed maps and photographs and shared stories of the efforts made by Lucille Vinyard, himself and many others to lobby for first the creation of Redwood National Park in 1968 and then its eventual expansion in 1978.

Many of the visitors at the event stopped by a table to "Send a Postcard to the Future." Displayed during the event, they will be shown at a later date in the R.N.P. visitor center. - MARK LARSON
  • Mark Larson
  • Many of the visitors at the event stopped by a table to "Send a Postcard to the Future." Displayed during the event, they will be shown at a later date in the R.N.P. visitor center.


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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Meow, Baby

Posted By and on Tue, Oct 13, 2015 at 11:15 AM

Sugar Cane Jane cats around the Arcata Theatre Lounge. - ALEXANDER WOODARD
  • Alexander Woodard
  • Sugar Cane Jane cats around the Arcata Theatre Lounge.
Rowr. On Saturday, Oct. 10, the Arcata Theatre Lounge turned into a bit of a cat house as the Alley Cat Cabaret & Purrlesque slinked onstage to raise money for the Companion Animal Foundation. Photographer Alexander Woodard was on hand (paw?) to capture the feline frivolity. The evening featured more kittenish kitsch from locals Blue Angel Burlesque, Beat Vixens Burlesque, Bada Bling! Burlesque and Va Va Voom Burlesque Vixens, and Bay Area headliners Sugar Cane Jane, Ophelia Coeur de Noir and Laika Fox. Sassafrass and Laura Lopez-Ayllon brought the hip-shaking belly dance, while Lizzy Moonbeam, Luna Eclipse and Mr. Humboldt himself provided a little mood music. Take a peek at all the pussyfooting around in the slideshow below. And remember: Spay and neuter your pets.
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Alley Cat Cabaret & Purrlesque 2015


By Alexander Woodard

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

To the Buzzer

Posted By on Wed, Jul 22, 2015 at 6:09 PM

GREG RUMNEY
  • Greg Rumney

The 94th annual Fortuna Rodeo rode into the sunset on Sunday, July 19. Horses, firetrucks, bands and floats made their way down Main Street for the parade, and kids of all ages chanced the games and clanging rides at the carnival, while riders and ropers took on bulls and broncos in the rodeo arena in Rohner Park. Photographer Greg Rumney was there snapping photos of those riding tall in the saddle and tossed into the dirt. 
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Rodeo 2015


By Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy, Bigfoot Hunter

Posted By on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 5:31 PM

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“It’s hard to imagine corner of our crowded world where a giant man-like creature could roam free, yet there’s persuasive evidence that Bigfoot is real.”

If you’re feeling nostalgic about Leonard Nimoy, take a look back at his In Search of… episode featuring local legend Bigfoot. Most of it centers on Sasquatch investigators and sightings in Oregon and Washington, but Nimoy also features footage from the Patterson-Gimlin film which was (arguably) filmed in Humboldt County.


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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Name Those Pandas

Posted By on Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 5:09 PM

Hey, girl. What's your name? - SEQUOIA PARK ZOO
  • Sequoia Park Zoo
  • Hey, girl. What's your name?
UPDATE: With 202 of 645 votes, Cini and Masala (Nepalese for sugar and spice) edged out 10 other possible names for the red panda twins at the Sequoia Park Zoo. Now we just have to figure out which one is which. 


PREVIOUSLY: In July, our red panda family expanded again with a pair of twin girls born to Stella Luna and Sumo. That's a total of three cubs for our happy couple (Móhú moved out last year to seek her fortunes at a zoo in Des Moines, Iowa), who frankly could teach the giant pandas a little something about romance. 

Now that the young ladies are out in society, the zoo is asking for the public's help naming them. Before you start brainstorming, the zoo has set up a list of options (many inspired by the regions where red pandas dwell, so it's not like "Chai" would be a hipster/poseur thing) on its Facebook page. Panda fans and Red Panda Rangers (we see you) can cast their votes until Jan. 23 at 5 p.m. Choose carefully — you don't want people rolling their eyes when these girls introduce themselves at college years from now.


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Saturday, July 19, 2014

A Very Special Finding Bigfoot

Posted By on Sat, Jul 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM

If you were Bigfoot, you'd hide, too. - COURTESY OF ANIMAL PLANET
  • Courtesy of Animal Planet
  • If you were Bigfoot, you'd hide, too.
On Sunday, July 20, take the night off from trolling the woods in your furry suit and settle in for James "Bobo" Fay's return to our neck of the woods. A very special "Finding Bigfoot" takes the sasquatch hunters to Humboldt in search of giant footprints, shadowy figures and infrared footage. The episode airs at 10 p.m., and who knows? Maybe he shows up in this one. 
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Amphibian of the State

Posted By on Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 1:07 PM

The California red-legged frog, or Rana draytonii. Let's hope fame doesn't spoil him. - FROM THE U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE WEBSITE
  • From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife website
  • The California red-legged frog, or Rana draytonii. Let's hope fame doesn't spoil him.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has tapped the California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii) to be our state amphibian. In other news, there is, in fact, such a thing as a state amphibian.

So far, the Sequoia Park Zoo doesn't have one of these little flippered fellows — which, according the the press release, inhabit wetlands from southern Mendocino to Los Angeles and are the largest among indigenous frogs in the western U.S. — but one hopes the state will be passing them out like cigars in celebration. Well, maybe not. California Fish and Wildlife says the species is considered threatened under the Environmental Protection Act. Evidently those red legs taste just like chicken, or they did to the gold (and frog) hungry '49ers who nearly pan-fried them to extinction. 

So how did the frogs land this gig as croaking state laureates? It's who you know. Some elementary school kids in Salton City wrote Assemblyman Perez to make it happen. 

A quick scan of the ca.gov website reveals that while we have a state animal (grizzly), bird (California valley quail) and flower (Golden poppy), there's still plenty more flora and fauna to stake out. State Elusive-Missing-Link-Man-Beast, anyone?
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Update: Trophy Dog

Posted By on Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Absolutely Talk of the Town captions herself. - PHOTO BY WARREN COOK, COURTESY OF LOST COAST KENNEL CLUB
  • Photo by Warren Cook, courtesy of Lost Coast Kennel Club
  • Absolutely Talk of the Town captions herself.

UPDATE: This year's Best in Show is Absolutely Talk of the Town, a smooth (damn right) fox terrier, here with her owner James Smith.
MELISSA SANDERSON
  • Melissa Sanderson

No judging here — just love. We're still waiting for the official results of the Lost Coast Kennel Club dog show in Ferndale this past weekend, but really, aren't they all winners?
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Friday, June 27, 2014

Tourist Trap

Posted By on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 10:56 AM

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Hipsters, pack your bags. Eureka might be too mainstream for you now. The July-August issue of the American Automobile Association's Via magazine features seven highlights from the "vibrant Northern California seaport, famed for teeming fisheries and towering redwood forests." Carson Mansion, the Hikshari' Trail, Samoa Cookhouse, Sequoia Park Zoo, Living the Dream Ice Cream, Humboldt Bay Tourism Center and Eureka Books all get shout-outs in "Weekender: Eureka, Calif." Read the full article here and swell with local pride.
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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Tonight's Setlist: Beasts & Babes

Posted By on Sat, Mar 8, 2014 at 12:07 PM

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Two Wandering Bears and Venatore Media present The Fourth Annual Animal Carnival, with all proceeds supporting the Open Door Clinic's Literacy Program and Humboldt County's Godwit Days.
Organizers describe the menagerie thus:

"For four years now, the animal party has entertained catfish, coyotes, crocodiles and caterpillars from all over the world. We have had car fires and donkeys, naked belt-wielding freshman university sloths and fire-spinning parrots. We had pink flamingos twerking and polar bears dancing on stilts. We had a large tuna fish take us to the early morning last year and, my God, mammals, it was good." 

The Portuguese Hall will be divided into two separate rooms. In the jungle room, hear local bombastic boogie beats with Psy Fi, Wu Wei, Pressure Anya, Treemeista, ONHELL, G.I.R and Rhizae. Meanwhile, the Carnival Room will keep your membranes blinking and your scales vibrating with the The Fungineers Puppet DJ Set, DJ Dirtbag and Kelley Mak, SambAmore Arcata, and The Black Cat Comedy with Ivy The Panther Vasquez. Additional performances throughout the night by Humboldt Circus and The Redwood Rings Hoop.

Tickets are $20 presale at The Works and People's Records and $30 at the door. This is an 18-and-over event. No costume, no entry. 8 p.m.

If you prefer a night out sans animal attire, please note that the Fortuna Concert Series welcomes back The Babes, a choral group started 20 years ago as an outgrowth of the Humboldt Light Opera Co. The Babes guarantee an eclectic mix of songs from folk to jazz, serious to seriously funny. This all happens at the Fortuna Monday Club. Tickets are $10 general/$8 students and seniors, and available at the door, which opens at 6:45 p.m.
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